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Could it just be a fuse?

delon1981delon1981 Posts: 1
edited March 2016 in Oldsmobile
I test drove a car and am trying to decide on whether to buy it or not. The defrost,heat,ac,radio is not working. I was told by the seller it be simple fix just needs a fuse. I was skeptical because if its such a simple fix why do they not have it fixed. I don't know about buying a car with no defrost especially. COULD this be a fuse? Please Help.


  • steverstever Posts: 52,462
    Exactly - if it's a simple fix, the seller should have fixed it.

    If nothing else, get it checked by your own mechanic before buying - the $100 pre-inspection fee would be cheap insurance.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    I wouldn't buy it like that---like Steve said, if you love the car otherwise, pay to have a mechanic look it over and also scan the HVAC system for trouble codes. You do not want to be dealing with electrical gremlins on a 16 year old car!
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Se, Pa.Posts: 381
    It could be. But if it's that simple the seller would have done it before putting it on the market or he knows nothing.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    I don't think all those functions would be on the same fuse, however.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225
    I had to chuckle. Remembering some of the things people trading in cars would say...

    " It's probably something simple like a loose wire"

    " Oh, the A/C probably just needs a charge"

    " I never noticed that (severe) wobble in the suspension you are talking about"

    The trouble is if it actually WAS something simple the seller should/would have taken care of it.

    The dealer has to assume it's the worst thing possible and deduct accordingly not to get burned.

    Another trick was to disconnect the car's battery for a few seconds so the check engine or airbag light would go off. Doing this would usually buy enough time to keep the light off before the car got appraised.

    Discovering a check engine light on the following day was something that would happen once in awhile.

    Listen to the others. Get an inspection done! I'm betting it's a lot more than a fuse!
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